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Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

Bowling Green becomes Kentucky’s new hotspot in coronavirus fight as state surpasses 7,000 cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped 7,000, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday during his daily press briefing at the state Capitol. A total of 227 new cases were reported to state public health officials, making the total at least 7,080. The Bowling Green area has become the new hot spot in Kentucky as Warren County had 72 of Wednesday’s...

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

REAL ID licenses available at new Madisonville issuance location; deadline for Ky. to comply is Oct. 1

Western Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location. The Hopkins County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

Mid-South Stocker Conference on Feb. 26 gives cattle producers tools to succeed in a new decade

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle and grass just go together. With plentiful, lush pastures, Kentucky is a prime place for grazing stocker cattle. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment supports cattle producers in many ways, including focused conferences that address their challenges in practical ways. The Mid-South Stocker Conference is an annual offering,...

WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

TAZ trucking announces $7.3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility, to add 57 new jobs

TAZ Trucking Inc. has announced plans for a $7.3 million investment in it’s Bowling Green facility expected to create as many as 57 new jobs. “We are ready to grow with the Bowling Green community and increase our capacity to serve our current customers and new customers,” said Tahir Zukic, TAZ Trucking president. “We know this will assist in the access to transportation in South Central...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

Google bringing economic opportunity initiative, ‘Grow With Google,’ to Erlanger, Bowling Green

Google is bringing its economic opportunity initiative, “Grow with Google,” to Kentucky in July with stops in Erlanger and Bowling Green. “Grow with Google” is hosting free, daylong workshops at libraries in Erlanger (July 17) and Bowling Green (July 19) to help local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills. The July 17 session will take...

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products plans $100 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group will expand its existing operation in Bowling Green with a nearly $100 million investment expected to create more than 50 full-time jobs. Georgia-Pacific will grow its plant’s footprint in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park by 80,000 square feet to increase production capacity for Dixie plates and bowls. Construction is already underway, and company...

Dr. Paula Grisanti: Curing today’s incurable diseases begins in the classroom — by middle school

Earlier this month, for the first time in the history of space travel, a marshmallow “astronaut” named Marvin traveled to space in an experiment designed by the National STEM Scholar Program. Marvin was launched into space May 2 in a NanoLab onboard a Blue Origin New Shephard rocket from its launch facility in West Texas. A NanoLab is about the size of a full-size Kleenex box and designed with...

Bluegrass delegation explores Bowling Green during Commerce Lexington’s annual Kentucky Regional Tour

A delegation of about 45 Central Kentucky business, education and community leaders visited Bowling Green earlier last week during the tenth annual Commerce Lexington Inc. Kentucky Regional Tour presented by UK HealthCare. Since 2009, this two-day tour enables participants to listen and learn from business leaders and elected officials in other areas of the Commonwealth, share ideas, and express their...

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

CommerceLex’s Kentucky Regional Tour going to Bowling Green area October 29-30

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other regions of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from business leaders and elected officials in other communities. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour on October 29-30 will take Central Kentucky leaders to the Bowling Green area. Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and serves as the center...

Braxton Brewing Company, Double Dogs Chow House partner to release Diddley Lager

Double Dogs Chow House of Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky brewery Braxton Brewing Company have joined forces to release Diddley Lager — an American Light Lager with a purpose. As part of this cause-related initiative, the brands will donate $20 per keg sold to local animal shelters. As well, the spent grains from the brew will be donated to Brewhaus Dog Bones, a nonprofit organization dedicated...

Alpla Inc. announces plans for $6.9 million expansion plans for Bowling Green bottle manufacturing facility

Alpla Inc., a plastic bottle and packaging manufacturer, has announces plans to expand its Bowling Green facility with a $6.9 million project expected to create 24 full-time jobs. The 100,000-square-foot expansion will provide Alpla’s Bowling Green facility with additional warehousing. When complete in 2019, the additional space will help Alpla more quickly and efficiently meet customer demand for...